Peppermint Candy Cookie

1 cups softened butter
1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cups chopped walnuts

Candy Mixture
1/4 pound peppermint candy (crushed)
1/2 cup powdered sugar

2 tablespoons softened cream cheese
1 teaspoons milk
Drop red food coloring
1/2 cups powdered sugar
3 tablespoobs candy mixture (recipe above)

Cream together sugar, butter and and vanilla til fluffy. Add flour and chopped walnuts. Blend until it forms dough. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and chill for 1-2 hours in refrigerator.

Candy Mixture Directions:
In small bowl, combine candy and sugar, set aside. 3 tablespoons of mixture will be used for filling and the rest as a decoration.

Filling Directions:
In another bowl, blend milk, cream cheese, red food coloring and the powdered sugar til smooth. Mix in 3 tablespoons of candy mixture.

To make cookies —
Once dough is chilled, pinch off a teaspoon of dough for each cookie. Form each piece into a ball, using your thumb to make an indentation in the middle for the filling. Place a 1/4 teaspoon of the filling in the indentation. Pinch dough together to cover the filling, then roll into a ball. Repeat process with all of the remaining filling and dough. Place filled dough balls onto a non-stick baking sheet. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes in a pre-heated 350 degree F oven. Do not overbake, cookies should not be brown. Remove cookies to wire racks to cool. Roll cooled cookies in remaining cookie mixture for decoration.

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